NH Liquor Commission Partners with Barton 1792 Distillery on New Thomas S. Moore Cask-Finished Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskeys
Multi-year partnership celebrates NHLC’s history with custom-proofed, unique, cask-finished bourbon whiskeys
Concord, NH & Bardstown, KY– The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC), one of the nation’s most profitable and progressive control states, and the globally acclaimed Barton 1792 Distillery have launched a series of single barrel, custom-proofed, cask-finished selections of the new Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. The single barrel selections have been released and proofed to commemorate NHLC’s 86th through 90th anniversaries and finished in custom varieties of select casks from around the world. Limited quantities of an 86-proof Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Sherry casks are available at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlets.
Barton 1792 Distillery recently launched three expressions of its new Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys finished in Port, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon casks. While those products are available widely throughout the United States and at NH Liquor & Wine Outlets, New Hampshire is the only retailer of the single barrel, custom-proofed selections in unique cask finishes. NHLC and Barton 1792 Distillery will offer a new release each fall, beginning in 2021, for NH Liquor & Wine Outlet customers, leading up to its 90th anniversary in 2024.
“This industry-first collaboration with Barton 1792 Distillery celebrates the history of bourbon and New Hampshire’s unique control state model, while looking toward the future. We are thrilled to offer this unique and opportunity to our 12 million NH Liquor & Wine Outlet customers,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “We are constantly innovating in order to maintain our standing as one of the nation’s premier wine and spirits retailers, while generating critical revenue for essential New Hampshire services.”
Details of the current release are as follows:
2020 Release (available now) – Commemorating NHLC’s 86th anniversary. Master Distiller Danny Kahn’s tasting notes:
Barrel No. 1 – Thomas S. Moore Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks – Aroma: Complex. Brown sugar and caramel blend nicely with sherry-like nuttiness. Flavor & Finish: Sweet, complex fruit. Sherry nuttiness provides a last finish. A fairly full, soft and flavorful end. 86 proof. Product #9866
Barrel No. 2 – Thomas S. Moore Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks – Aroma: Brown sugar, caramel, and toasted oak, with slight hints of floral notes and roasted chestnuts. Flavor & Finish: Slightly sweet and soft, with nuttiness and floral notes. Spice from the oak and nuttiness are at a nice balance, with sherry notes blending nicely with the bourbon. A long, pleasing finish. 86 proof. Product #9868
Barrel No. 3 – Thomas S. Moore Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks – Aroma: Slight cotton candy and brown sugar, floral. Very subtle toasted oak, baking spices, and complex, aged fruit. Flavor & Finish: Fairly full, sweet and balanced. Sherry notes come through and balance with both the bourbon oak and sherry cask oak. 86 proof. Product #9870
Barrel No. 4 – Thomas S. Moore Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks – Aroma: Spice, complex stone fruit with nice aged components. Mild, subtle oak. A trace of nuttiness. Flavor & Finish: Floral sweetness with a flavor of mild oak. Followed by a spicy end. 86 proof. Product #9880
Barrel No. 5 – Thomas S. Moore Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks – Aroma: Caramel and nutty, with dried, complex stone fruits. Baking spices pair with nuttiness of the sherry. Flavor & Finish: Complex, aged fruits. Slightly sweet, with a long finish; a complex blend. 86 proof. Product #9869
NHLC and Barton 1792 Distillery will release an 87-proof Merlot cask finish in fall 2021, followed by an 88-proof Pinot Noir cask finish in 2022 and an 89-proof Cabernet Sauvignon cask finish in 2023. Finally, NHLC and Barton 1792 Distillery will release a 90-proof Port cask finish in 2024 for NHLC’s 90th anniversary.
“We are very excited to bring these unique Thomas S. Moore Expressions to market in New Hampshire, beginning with these five exceptional single barrels” said Danny Kahn, master distiller, Barton 1792 Distillery. “Each of the five Thomas S. Moore Sherry Cask Finish Single Barrels express the unique and profound effect of finishing well-aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in a secondary cask for an extended period of time, resulting in a complex and nuanced flavor profile in each barrel.”
In 1889, Thomas S. Moore built the distillery known today as Barton 1792 Distillery. Moore was an early pioneer in Bardstown, recognized today as the Bourbon Capital of the World. Leading up to Prohibition, Moore established a constantly evolving whiskey empire, growing his humble operation into a powerhouse distillery, filling hundreds of barrels of whiskey a day. Business boomed until the 18th Amendment forced the distillery to cease production in 1920. Today this namesake line of bourbons intends to honor Thomas S. Moore, an innovative bourbon pioneer.
Barton 1792 Distillery has defined a new category of “extended cask finished” bourbon whiskeys with this new collection. Its signature high-rye recipe bourbon is aged for many years in new charred oak barrels, before filling other casks that previously matured various wines or spirits from around the world, ranging from Cognac to Cabernet to Port and more. In these fabulous casks, the bourbon aged an additional one to three years. This extended cask-finishing method results in elegant whiskeys, each displaying a distinct flavor profile, reflecting nuances of both the bourbon and the finishing cask.
Customers are invited to taste New Hampshire’s Thomas S. Moore selections with Barton 1792 Master Distiller Danny Kahn during an interactive virtual tasting on April 28, 2021 at 6:00PM EST. RSVP to the event at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com/thomasmoore.
Products are available on sale now from $69.99 at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlet locations. For availability, search the product codes listed above at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com.
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